Your piercer cleaned and disinfected the area pierced, and used sterile piercing equipment and jewelry. Now it's up to you to take appropriate care of your piercing.
Products you can use
Saline solution helps maintain your natural balance and promotes quick healing. The easiest and safest saline is sterile Wound Wash Saline, available at grocery stores and pharmacies near the bandages. It is sold in a pressurized can. Do not accidentally purchase antibiotic saline, contact cleaning solutions, or soaking/enzyme solutions.
Single-use gauze or clean paper towels
CHEMICALS WILL NOT HELP YOU HEAL FASTER
Chemicals of any kind will upset the balance inside your body and prevent or delay healing. Do not use any product containing an active ingredient including, but not limited to: H2Ocean , Satin , Provon , Rubbing Alcohol, Hydrogen Peroxide, Bactine , Ear Care Solutions (benzalkonium/benzethonium chloride), Antibacterial soaps (i.e., liquid Dial , or Softsoap ), Neosporin (or other petroleum-based ointments), Betadine (povidone iodine) or Hibiclens .
How to care for your piercing
ALWAYS WASH YOUR HANDS BEFORE TOUCHING YOUR BODY PIERCING!
Gently clean to remove any accumulated lymph (crusties!) from the exposed jewelry and surrounding skin. Spray saline directly onto both sides of the piercing. To remove particularly stubborn crusties, soak a gauze pad or clean paper towel with saline and gently wipe the skin or jewelry clean. There is no need to turn the jewelry or intentionally work the saline inside the piercing; the less movement, the happier the piercing!
DRY by gently patting with a clean paper towel. Avoid cloth towels as they can harbor bacteria and snag on jewelry, causing injury.
Follow these instructions twice a day while healing, and anytime the piercing feels "sticky" or uncomfortable.
NEVER TWIST OR TURN JEWELRY IN A PIERCING: IT ONLY DOES HARM!